The news broke out that at least 17 people have been arrested in connection with the killings of some travellers in Gboko and some mobile policemen in different areas of Benue State. This is the first time Police is making arrest concerning death in Benue and it’s not the “killer herdsmen” that has been killing since 2013.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), in charge of Operations, Joshak Habila, who paraded the suspects yesterday at the Police headquarters in Makurdi, said the feat was achieved following information from members of the public. It wasn’t stated if this information has been verified but arrest were promptly made.
Habila said 11 persons were apprehended in connection with the murder and arson of seven travellers in Gboko on January 31.
It is on record that the Fulani herdsmen have killed over 700 Benue indigents since 2013 and no arrest of a single herder have been made since these attacks.
It’s also on record that immediately members of this suspected herdsmen were burnt in Gboko, the Police DPO was immediately queried for not responding fast enough to save their lives.
This has clearly demonstrated that Nigeria Police have the capacity to investigate and arrest killer herdsmen but have ignored it for some obvious reasons.